It's amazing how the women flock to you when you can have them all killed with the snap of a finger. Newly released images from North Korea's state-run Central News Agency show boy king Kim Jong Un with exceptionally happy female pilots from the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 2620. It's like Beatlemania, but choreographed.
A New Jersey teen is suing her parents for money to pay for her private school and the bitter battle has moved from the courtroom to where all things must these days: Facebook. The New York Post has been all over this story, and reported today that the teen, 18-year-old Rachel Canning, called baby boomers a "spoiled lot" in a message posted to a Facebook support page, “Education for Rachel.”
“We have been stunned by the financial greed of modern parents who are more concerned with retiring into some fantasy world rather than provide for their children’s college and young adult years,” the post said in one of its more winning lines.
Hopefully the second time's the charm when it comes to arresting the ATV driver who dragged a police officer under his vehicle last weekend, nearly killing him. The NYPD picked up 31-year-old Kenny Ortiz of Queens Thursday night and charged him with the attempted murder of Detective Matthew McClusky. Fortunately for the police, the kind of person who wears a skull-covered helmet and drives an ATV erratically through the streets of Brooklyn is rarely an expert on keeping a low profile.
Many people have praised Liz Wahl for her decision to quit her position at Russia Today live on-air, but broadcast veteran Barbara Walters isn't one of them. "She is working for a Russian network. Therefore, she is protesting the Russians," Walters tried (and mostly failed) to explain on The View. "It is not like if I were angry at ABC and I came out and said terrible things about ABC. I don't think I'd be here tomorrow. Maybe I would." (No clue.)
Walters's co-hosts gave some push back, but Babara held her ground, declaring, "I think what she did is fine — it's a personal choice, but don't make her a hero for protesting. She is working for the government." Whoopi concurs.
John Oliver did so well filling in as host of The Daily Show last summer that HBO felt compelled to offer him his own show. Last Week Tonight is that show. Here is its first promo, and it's funny, especially as promos go. It doubles down on Oliver's proclivity for self-deprecation and the show's time, Sunday at 11 p.m. Last Week Tonight premieres on April 27. Until then, no one's allowed to make news. Sorry, Putin.
When the Obama administration was formulating the Affordable Care Act, policy advisers wanted to include medical malpractice reform. President Obama had advocated for it in a 2006 article, and advisers expected to do it. Then one of them had a talk with chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who comes across in this scene as every inch of his cynical, profane caricature:
New Yorkers can finally sleep soundly again: Police on Long Island have "taken down a major counterfeiting operation," which trafficked in $2 million worth of fake lotion, baby oil, Vaseline, Chapstick, and Vicks VapoRub. Be careful out there, folks. You just never know.
While President Obama's criticism of Edward Snowden as a "29-year-old hacker" who ignored the appropriate avenues for whistling blowing has been his go-to line on the matter, Snowden insists he did try to make formal complaints to his higher-ups at the NSA. They just didn't care to hear about it. According to Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament, released today, the former NSA contractor claims to have raised concerns to "more than 10 distinct officials, none of whom took any action to address them" before deciding to leak documents on his own.
With so much business-casual packed into the Gaylord International Hotel for the annual family values bash CPAC, there's bound to be a few hookups. But because attendees may be a bit out of touch, apps like Grindr and Tinder, while certainly buzzing, have not completely overtaken good old-fashioned Craigslist.
The Washington, D.C., "Casual Encounters" section, while not quite overflowing, is active as we head into the weekend, and although some (most?) may be jokes — the one seeking "Boys who look like Sally Kohn or Chris Hayes who need to be tied up," for instance — you never can be sure how speeches from Chris Christie and Donald Trump will affect a person's libido.
Cultural critic and feminist bugbear Camille Paglia loves the Real Housewives franchise series. Possibly more than she loves Madonna! In an essay published on the Bravo network website, Paglia explains that the Real Housewives have replaced soap operas for her daily source of "frank displays of emotion." She writes:
“The Real Housewives franchise isn’t entertainment to me — it’s a lifestyle. I watch virtually nothing else on TV now, except for occasional documentaries and Turner Classic Movies. I can see the same Real Housewives episode multiple times with equal enjoyment.”
And lest you think she says that rhetorically, Paglia has a repeat-viewer's depth of Housewives knowledge: